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Religious Communities

Religious Communities in Greater Philadelphia

The following is a list of religious communities active in the Philadelphia region which includes links to each community’s website. This list may be incomplete, so please email us if there is a religious community or a house of worship you would like added to the list. Thank you.

Baha’i:
Philadelphia Baha’i Community

Buddhist:
Philadelphia Buddhist Community:

Christian American Baptist:
Philadelphia Christian American Baptist Churches

Christian-African Methodist Episcopal:
First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Christian-American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion:
Zion A.M.E. Philadelphia

Christian – Catholic – Ukrainian rite:
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

Christian – Catholic – Latin rite
Christian – Episcopal:

The Episcopal Diocese of PA

Christian Evangelical Lutheran:
Philadelphia Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Christian – Greek Orthodox:

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey

Christian – Mennonite:
Philadelphia Mennonite Churches

Christian – Orthodox:
Philadelphia Orthodox Churches:

Christian – Presbyterian:

Presbytery of Philadelphia

Christian – Religious Society of Friends (Quaker):
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Christian – Seventh Day Adventist:
Philadelphia Churches

Christian – Southern Baptist:
Philadelphia Southern Baptists Churches

Christian – United Church of Christ:
PA Southeast Conference, United Church or Christ

Christian – United Methodist Church:
Eastern PA Conference of The United Methodist Church

Jewish – Conservative:

Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia

Jewish – Humanist:
Shir Shalom

Jewish – Orthodox:
Orthodox Synagogues in Philadelphia

Jewish – Reform:
Congregations in Philadelphia

Jewish – Reconstructionist:

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Muslim – Islamic:

Al Aqsa Islamic Society

Muslim – Ismaili

Sikh:
Philadelphia Sikh Heritage

Unitarian Universalist:
Philadelphia UUA Congregations

Wiccan/Pagan
The Broom Closet

Zoroastrian

Demographics of Religious Communities

Estimated Demographics of Religious Communities in the Five County Region
(Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia)

Religious Community Number of Congregations Number of Adherents*

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church**

14

-

American Baptist Churches in the USA

160

95,700

Baha’i

5

1,154

Catholic (Latin Rite)

313

2,105,726

Episcopal Church

173

88,034

Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America

177

133,233

Friends (Quakers)

68

12,167

Orthodox Christian Churches***

25

4,039

Jewish Estimate****

78

285,950

Mennonite Church USA

81

14,457

Muslim Estimate

36

81,216

Presbyterian Church (USA)

179

105,794

Seventh Day Adventist

-

10,967

Sikh

1

2,000

Southern Baptist Convention

-

39,815

Ukrainian Catholic Church

-

68,000 +

Unitarian

-

4,584

United Church of Christ

92

35,208

The United Methodist Church

224

176,745

Total 1,629 3,264,789

Source: Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). (2002). Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Retrieved April 3, 2006 from the Association of Religion Data Archives: http://www.thearda.com/mapsReports/

*Note: Definition of Adherents-The number of children and members (the term members refers to adults only) of a congregation.

**Note: The numbers for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Churches are from 1990 because the source document did not have data for this group from 2000.

***Note: Data on Orthodox churches in the five-county area came from the Office of the Vicar, Russian Orthodox Church.

****Note: The number of Jewish congregations was gathered from the 2007-08 Guide to Jewish Philadelphia.

+Note: Number indicates membership in a five state area.